Top Selling Plants

The top-selling plants of 2023 include a list of those most used plants by our customers including municipalities, land managers, and private homeowners. This is a fun insight into the most planted trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, and fruit trees in 2023.

An amazing realization is that people are choosing Wisconsin native plants like they’re mainstream! Of the top-selling trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, ornamental grasses, and fruit trees, many include natives.

Please don’t misinterpret these lists as the “best” plants. The “best” plants will always be those that balance a range of variables, like soil type, light and water conditions, what’s attractive to you, and consideration of ecological impact.

Top Selling Plants Menu

Top Selling Trees

#9

Shagbark Hickory

Carya ovata

**NATIVE** Shagbark Hickory is a large-growing and long-lived Wisconsin native tree with characteristic bark, flower, and edible hickory nuts. Shagbark Hickory makes for an excellent shade or specimen tree and is wonderful for wildlife.

Mature Height: 80 feet
Mature Spread: 40 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Specimen, Restoration
#5 RM Seed Provenance: Washington, Waukesha, Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties, WI

#8

Espresso™ Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus ‘Espresso

The Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree is a grafted male selection. Essentially, it’s your typical Kentucky Coffeetree, but there’s no seed pods! A coarse, upright branching habit in youth, this tree shines with age. The foliage arrangement allows for filtered light. This is a low-mess tree and great for urban spaces!

Mature Height: 50 feet
Mature Spread: 35 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen
Catalog: Single Stem Tree, Container and B&B

#7

Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor

**NATIVE** Beneficial to a myriad of insects, mammals, and birds. This oak is endemic to moist sites around rivers and swamps and is somewhat tolerant of clay or dry soil. Oaks are very large, long-lived trees that provide resources to many.

Mature Height: 75 feet
Mature Spread: 65 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Specimen, Restoration
#5 RM Seed Provenance: Washington and Waukesha Counties, WI

#6

Hybrid Swamp x Bur Oak

Quercus x schuettei

**NATIVE** Quercus x schuettei is a naturally occurring hybrid between the Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) and the Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor). It combines the best characteristics of both parent oaks such as alkaline soil tolerance, poor drainage tolerance, and it also has hybrid vigor. This oak grows faster than both of its parent species

Mature Height: 75 feet
Mature Spread: 70 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Specimen, Restoration
Seed Provenance: Washington, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, and Dane Counties, WI

#5

Autumn Brilliance® Serviceberry

Amelanchier x grand. ‘Autumn Brill.’

This serviceberry is a lovely small-statured tree with beautiful fall color. Birds will feed on insects when the tree is in bloom, but the real show begins in June when the fruit matures. Expect to see Orioles, Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, Scarlet Tanagers, Northern Flickers, and Robins feasting on the berries in midsummer.

Mature Height: 20-25 feet
Mature Spread: 20-25 feet
Utility: Spring Flower, Fall Color, Mid-Story Tree, Specimen, Urban Approved
Catalog: Single Stem, Multi-Stem, Shrub Form

#4

Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

**NATIVE** The iconic oak of Wisconsin! Bur Oak is one of the toughest oaks. Tolerant of highly alkaline soils and drought. The acorn, the signature fruit of the oak, is highly coveted by wildlife. Oaks are a superb choice for catering to birds and mammals alike. This oak grows large at is long-lived.

Mature Height: 70-80 feet
Mature Spread: 75-90 feet
Utility: Specimen, Street Tree, Urban Approved
Seed Provenance: Washington, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Kenosha Counties, WI

#3

Quaking Aspen

Populus tremuloides

**NATIVE** Quaking Aspen is fast-growing with a narrow-ovular to pyramidal form. Tremendously valuable to birds, insects and mammals. It supports the larvae of the Great Ash Sphinx, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and Viceroy butterflies as well as a whole host of other insects. High value for our native Ruffed Grouse. Give this colonizer room to spread.

Mature Height: 40-50 feet
Mature Spread: 20-30 feet
Utility: Fall Color, Fast Growing, Colonizing, Restoration
Seed Provenance: Waukesha County, WI

#2

Hackberry

Celtis occidentalis

**NATIVE** Common Hackberry is an ideal street tree and a very popular option to contractors and municipalities. Urban pollution, temperature fluctuations, and heavy winds are not a problem for this tree. It can also be used as a specimen plant, in a tree border, or to naturalize an open space. Hackberry is easily identifiable thanks to its characteristic corky bark. The seeds and fruit are a favorite of birds.

Mature Height: 40-60 feet
Mature Spread: 40-60 feet
Utility: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Urban Approved, Specimen
Seed Provenance: Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties, WI

#1

Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis

Known for its profuse blossoms along its branches, Eastern Redbud will provide spring interest even in less-than-ideal light conditions. It is a great choice for smaller spaces. It provides habitat and food for many bird species. Bees love the flowers for a nectar source and will use plant parts for nesting structures. The flowers are edible by humans too!

Mature Height: 20-30 feet
Mature Spread: 25-35 feet
Utility: Spring Flower, Street Tree, Mid-Story, Urban Approved, Specimen
Catalog: Single Stem, Multi-Stem, Shrub Form

Top Selling Fruit Trees

#9

McIntosh Apple

Malus x domestica ‘McIntosh’

Discovered as a chance seedling by John McIntosh in the early 19th century, this apple is truly an heirloom still popular today. While excellent for eating and cooking, it is not a crispy apple. It excels as applesauce that cooks up quickly. Ripens in mid-late September in SE Wisconsin.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with crabapple or different apple varieties to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#8

Bartlett Pear

Pyrus communis ‘Bartlett’

A very old European pear that is known primarily as ‘Williams’ throughout Europe. When it was brought to America it was mislabeled and got re-introduced as ‘Bartlett’. Same great pear just a new name. This variety excels for canning and fresh use.

Mature Height: 15-20 feet
Mature Spread: 12 feet
Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with a different (non-triploid) pear variety to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#7

Montmorency Cherry

Prunus cerasus ‘Montmorency’

Montmorency Cherry is an old tart cherry variety that originated in Europe (supposedly France) and was brought to the U.S. in the 19th century. It has become the #1 tart cherry variety commercially grown in the U.S. and Canada. Noted for its very high yields of light-colored red fruits that are yellow fleshed with a mild cherry flavor.

Mature Height: 18 feet
Mature Spread: 20 feet
Pollination: Self-pollinating
Catalog: #5 Containers

#6

Reliance Peach

Prunus persica ‘Reliance

An extremely cold hardy peach bred for northern climates, fruit is typically ready for picking in mid-August in Southeast Wisconsin. The fruit is soft, sweet, and very juicy. The tree is showy in spring featuring lovely pink flowers. Very popular as it grows quickly, a benefit as peaches, in general, tend to be short-lived.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Self-Pollinating
Catalog: Typically #7 and #10 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#5

Parker Pear

Pyrus communis ‘Parker’

Parker pear fruits are medium-sized, green, and often develop a slight red blush. While most pears need to be picked at the green/ripe stage and then slow ripened off the tree, Parker seems to be okay when picked fully tree-ripened. Ripens in September in SE Wisconsin.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with a different (non-triploid) pear variety to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#4

Cortland Apple

Malus x domestica ‘Cortland’

Cortland ripens in late September/early October in SE Wisconsin. Often those that ripen in full sun will have a purple blush on the top side of the fruit. Excellent for fresh eating and cooking, with a juicy, moderately sweet taste. Can be refrigerated until around Thanksgiving.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Must cross-pollinate with crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#3

Lapins Sweet Cherry

Prunus avium ‘Lapins’

Lapins Sweet Cherry is an easy-growing and great choice for a home orchard, food forest, or permaculture garden. Large delicious sweet and crisp mahogany-colored fruits are wonderful for fresh eating, baking, or cooking. One of the few sweet cherry varieties that are self-pollinating, there is no need for more than one tree to produce fruit, making it an excellent option for the home grower with limited space.

Mature Height: 20 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination:  Self-pollinating
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

#2

North Star Cherry

Prunus cerasus ‘North Star’

The North Star is a dwarf tart cherry introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1950. The shorter height makes it much easier to prune and pick the fruit for the home grower. The fruit has dark red flesh and a nice strong cherry flavor. It is relished by birds and wildlife. It produces enough cherries for every conceivable purpose with plenty to give away to lucky friends and family.

Mature Height: 12 feet
Mature Spread: 10 feet
Pollination: Self-Pollinating
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

#1

Honeycrisp Apple

Malus x domestica ‘Honeycrisp’

Aptly named for its sweet and extremely juicy fruit that is often described as “explosively crisp.” This variety stays crisp and holds its quality for a very long time in cold storage. A premium quality apple for fresh use and is the often “go-to” for cross-pollinating with other apple varieties.

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Pollination: Must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit
Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers (Single Stem), Espalier, Field Grown B&B

Top Selling Shrubs

#9

Jewel Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera ‘Jewel’

A nativar of the Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) introduced by Mike Yanny noted for its beautiful reddish-maroon new growth before the foliage settles to a glossy green. Thanks to its native heritage, the yellow trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom late spring into early summer draw in a myriad of pollinators.

Mature Height: 3-5 feet
Mature Spread: 3-5 feet
Utility: Compact, Hedging, Colonizer
Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

#8

American Filbert

Corylus americana

**NATIVE** Also known as American Hazelnut. The nuts are valuable to wildlife. This is a versatile understory shrub with great fall color. It will grow in dry, moist, clay, and sandy soils. Can handle acidic or alkaline conditions provided the soil is well-draining.

Mature Height: 8-10 feet
Mature Spread: 8-10 feet
Utility: Naturalize for Wildlife, Screen, Hedge, Understory Shrub, Fall Color
Seed Provenance: Waukesha and Washington Counties, WI

#7

American Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis

**NATIVE** A large, sprawling, Wisconsin native shrub with bright green leaves and white clusters of fragrant flowers in early summer. Elderberry blooms at a time of year when little else is. The juicy, edible black fruits and are beloved by people and wildlife alike.

Mature Height: 6-12 feet
Mature Spread: 6-12 feet
Utility: Naturalize for Wildlife, Screen, Hedge, Mass Planting, Native Landscaping, Edible Landscapes
Catalog: #2 and #5 Container

#6

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPLQF’ PP25,136

This is a dwarf form of Quick Fire Hydrangea with a denser, fuller habit. Flowers appear a month before other hydrangeas and bloom white, turning pink-red over time. Easy to maintain, extends the time in which a hydrangea garden is in bloom, and attracts bees and butterflies.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 3-5 feet
Utility: Compact, Dense, Specimen, Low Hedge, Borders, Cut Flower
Catalog: Typically #3 and #5 Containers

#5

Bobo® Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’

Loads of flowers on a tiny plant! A head-turning, dwarf panicle hydrangea fills up with large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. No flopping, unlike some panicle hydrangeas! As the blooms age, they turn pink.

Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 3-4 feet
Utility: Specimen, Low Hedge, Borders, Cut Flower
Catalog: Typically #3 and #5 Containers

#4

Gro-low Sumac

Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’

A tough, fast-growing groundcover for slopes or banks, and areas with poor, dry soil. The glossy, green foliage displays an excellent red fall color and is fragrant when brushed against or leaves are crushed. Works well in border plantings, backed by taller shrubs and perennials.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 6-8 feet
Utility: Low Growing, Fast Growing, Urban Approved, Fall Color
Catalog: Typically #2 and #3 Containers

#3

Pink-a-licious Spirea

Spiraea fritschiana ‘Pink-a-licious’

In spring, purple-pink buds explode into heavy clusters of purple-pink flowers! The fall color of this selection ranges from apricot-yellow and pink to chartreuse and orange. An excellent dense branching habit makes this shrub useful for a variety of landscape applications.

Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 2-3 feet
Utility: Compact, Dense, Specimen, Low Hedge, Borders, Urban Approved
Catalog: #2 Container

#2

Dwarf Bushhoneysuckle

Diervilla lonicera

**NATIVE** Compact, suckering, densely branched, deciduous shrub. Small, trumpet-shaped yellow flowers in midsummer are a favorite of bees. The flowers give rise to fruits. Bronze-green foliage turns reddish-bronze in autumn. Insect and disease resistant. A great shrub for those difficult dry, shaded areas.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility: Compact, Hedging, Colonizer
Seed Provenance: Brown and Washington Counties, WI

#1

Annabelle Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Historically, ‘Annabelle’ is the most popular hydrangea, it’s noted for its large mop-head flowers that bloom from late spring through early fall. Stunning pure white flowers are much larger than other varieties – up to 12 inches across! This full, lush shrub needs plenty of room to show off its spectacular beauty. ‘Annabelle’ was introduced by University of Illinois professor, Dr. Joesph C. McDaniel, hitting the nursery trade in 1962.

Mature Height: 4 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility: Fast Growing, Cut Flower, Low Hedge, Borders
Catalog: Typically #2 and #5 Containers

Top Selling Conifers

#9

Wintergreen Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’

Wintergreen Arborvitae is a narrow and conical variety of Thuja occidentalis with dense, almost fluffy bright green foliage, making it an excellent option for screening, tall hedges, or windbreaks. Wintergreen is fast-growing and while it prefers full sun, it has better shade tolerance than others.

Mature Height: 20-30 feet
Mature Spread: 8-10 feet
Utility:  Barrier, Hedge, Windbreak, Screen
Catalog: Container & Field Grown B&B

#8

Giant Arborvitae

Thuja plicata

Thuja plicata, the Giant Arborvitae, otherwise known as the Western redcedar is a large, handsome evergreen with a narrow, pyramidal habit and lustrous, dark green foliage. It’s an exceptional choice for hedges and screens. Giant Arborvitae is more deer-resistant and shade-tolerant than Thuja occidentalis. The branches, especially lower ones, may droop somewhat, with upturned ends that create a graceful appearance.

Mature Height: 25-35 feet
Mature Spread: 20 feet
Utility: Specimen, Privacy Screen, Mixed Borders
Catalog: Container and Field Grown B&B

#7

Green Giant Western Arborvitae

Thuja plicata x ‘Standishii’

A vigorously growing, long-lived evergreen hybrid with a rich green color. They can be trimmed to a hedge as young trees, planted singly, or as a green screen or windbreak. Small, light-brown seed cones will develop in mid-summer and are concentrated toward the top of the tree. They are somewhat deer-resistant.

Mature Height: 60 feet
Mature Spread: 12-20 feet
Utility: Barrier, Hedge, Windbreak, Screen
Catalog: #10/#15/#25 Containers

#6

Taylor Juniper

Juniperus virginiana ‘Taylor’

Taylor Juniper is an upright-growing, low maintenance columnar conifer providing all-season interest with its attractive silvery-green foliage. This plant can grow in a plethora of growing conditions and is highly adaptable, tolerant of drought, deer, salt, shallow-gravelly soils, and even black walnut.

Mature Height: 25 feet
Mature Spread: 2-3 feet
Utility: Privacy Screen, Wind Break, Mixed Borders
Catalog: Field-grown B&B

#5

Trautman Chinese Juniper

Juniperus chinensis ‘Trautman’

Trautman Juniper is one of our favorite Juniper selections. Selected by the late Herbert Trautman for its compact size and coarse texture. It’s a great choice for tough sites or those with space restrictions. Berry-like cones in fall add winter interest and attract wildlife. May also be known as Trautman Chinese Juniper.

Mature Height: 12 feet
Mature Spread: 4 feet
Utility: Privacy Screen, Wind Break, Mixed Borders
Catalog: Container and Field Grown B&B

#4

Eastern White Pine

Pinus strobus

**NATIVE** A pyramid of soft, rich green to bluish-green foliage in youth. With age, the crown opens and features strong horizontal branching. One of our most beautiful native pines. It was a major timber tree in Wisconsin during settlement of the northern areas and continues to be highly valued for its wood.

Mature Height: 50-80 feet
Mature Spread: 20-40 feet
Utility: Screening, Specimen, Restoration
Catalog: #5 Container, Mature Field Grown B&B

#3

Norway Spruce

Picea abies

Norway Spruce is beautiful as a specimen tree and is also quite functional as a screen or windbreak when planted in multiples. Norway Spruce provides cover to many avian species including hawks, owls, and other birds of prey who roost in the upper parts of the tree. In a woodland setting, they provide habitat to fur-bearing species like the threatened American Marten.

Mature Height: 50-70 feet
Mature Spread: 25-30 feet
Utility: Fast Growing, Screening, Urban Approved, Specimen
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#2

Star Power™ Juniper

Juniperus x ‘J.N. Select Blue’

The fastest-growing upright juniper we’ve evaluated. Blue-green, star-like juvenile foliage gives the tree a delicate, almost sparkling texture. Berries provide food for birds, including Cedar Waxwings and Cardinals. Especially popular during the migration period and winter months.

Mature Height: 17 feet
Mature Spread: 7-9 feet
Utility: Specimen, Screening, Deer Resistance, Urban Approved
Catalog: Typically #3, #15, and #25 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#1

Emerald Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’

Emerald Arborvitae is an iconic, versatile plant in the landscape with its compact, narrow to pyramidal form. Flat sprays of lustrous green foliage retain their color in colder winter months, adding four-season interest. Thrives in heat and humidity and tolerates dry spells once established. One of the most popular and effective shrubs for screening or tall hedge use. An ideal specimen for topiary.

Mature Height: 20-25 feet
Mature Spread: 3-5 feet
Utility: Columnar Screening, Specimen
Catalog: Container and Field Grown B&B

Top Selling Broadleafs

#9

Northern Charm Boxwood

Buxus x ‘Northern Charm’

Uniform compact and rounded habit. Delicate semi-glossy, emerald-green foliage with a bluish cast during the growing season. Foliage changes to a rich black-green during winter.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 3-4 feet
Utility: Hedging, Foundation, Specimen
Catalog: Field Grown B&B

#8

Chicagoland Green® Boxwood

Buxus x ‘Chicagoland Green’

Similar to ‘Green Mound’ Boxwood. Has a nice, dense, broad oval form. Left in its natural form it makes an attractive foundation plant. Also often used in borders and hedges. Tolerates shearing very well. Its green foliage maintains excellent color throughout the year.

Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 5 feet
Utility: Low Hedge, Foundation
Catalog: Field-Grown B&B

#7

P.J.M. Rhododendron

Rhododendron x ‘P.J.M.’

P.J.M Rhododendron is an attractive broadleaf evergreen shrub with a wide rounded form. Well known for its wonderful display of vivid, bright lavender-pink flowers in early spring, typically in mid-to-late April. The glossy dark green foliage turns a rich dark mahogany in winter.

Mature Height: 4-5 feet
Mature Spread: 3-6 feet
Utility: Hedge, Screen, Foundation Planting
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

#6

Bowles Periwinkle

Vinca minor ‘Bowles’

Large, periwinkle blue flowers peak out above mats of glossy, dark green foliage. Its low-growing, spreading habit makes a good groundcover. Spreads aggressively and is not recommended for small planting locations or those adjacent to natural areas.

Mature Height: 6 inches
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Utility: Groundcover
Catalog: Flats (32 per flat)

#5

Green Mound Boxwood

Buxus x ‘Green Mound’

Cold-hardy hybrid with a spherical habit. The bright green foliage will bronze slightly in winter, more so in direct sunlight. The mature stature of this Boxwood is Ideal for making low hedges. Introduced by Sheridan Nurseries in 1976.

Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 3 feet
Utility: Hedging, Foundation, Specimen, Urban Approved
Catalog: Field Grown B&B

#4

Green Carpet Pachysandra

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Carpet’

‘Green Carpet’ is a more compact cultivar of Pachysandra terminalis with a more uniform height and foliage that is deeper green and more lustrous. 6-inch spacing is ideal for good coverage but you can use wider/narrower spacing depending on your goals. Deer and rabbit-resistant.

Mature Height: 6 inches
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Utility: Groundcover
Catalog: Flats (32 per flat)

#3

Green Mountain Boxwood

Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’

Green Mountain Boxwood has a pyramidal form that is a cross between English (B. sempervirens) and Korean (B. microphylla) species. The Korean parentage makes Green Mountain very cold-tolerant. Smaller birds can hide from predators in the tightly-clustered branches. Versatile because they grow in full sun to full shade sites.

Mature Height: 5 feet
Mature Spread: 3 feet
Utility: Hedging, Foundation, Specimen, Urban Approved
Catalog: Typically #3 and #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#2

Green Gem Boxwood

Buxus x ‘Green Gem’

This dwarf globe-shaped broadleaf evergreen is great for tight spaces. Its compact size allows for use where other common Boxwood varieties like Green Velvet may outgrow in time. When used in a hedge, many small native birds find shelter from predators, like finches, chickadees and sparrows.

Mature Height: 2 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Utility: Hedging, Foundation, Specimen, Urban Approved
Catalog: #5 Containers, Field Grown B&B

#1

Green Velvet Boxwood

Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’

With its close-clustered, dense branching structure, many small native birds like finches, chickadees, and sparrows find shelter from predators. This broadleaf evergreen is versatile in poor to rich soil conditions, as well as full sun to slightly shady locations. A key plant in any historical or formal landscape!

Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility: Hedge, Foundation, Urban Approved
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers, Field Grown B&

Top Selling Perennials

#9

Happy Returns Daylily

Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’

Happy Returns Daylily is a vigorous reblooming miniature selection. Radiant, 2¾ inch lemon-yellow flowers are held above the foliage throughout the season, adding interest to any border or mass planting. ‘Happy Returns’ is a low-maintenance plant and an excellent choice to add reliable, bright flowers to any tough site.

Mature Height: 18 inches
Mature Spread: 16-24 inches
Utility: Border, Mass Plantings, Rock Gardens
Catalog: #1 Containers

#8

Prairie Smoke

Geum triflorum

**NATIVE** In spring sprays of pendulous pinkish-white flowers explode into interesting and striking smoky-pink feathery plumes creating a billowy cloud of “smoke.” Its fern-like mounds of foliage remain attractive all season and provide great fall color.

Mature Height: 12-16 inches
Mature Spread: 22 Inches
Utility: Native Garden, Dry Sites, Natural Prairies, Specimen, Border, Restoration
Catalog: #1 Container

#7

Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion

Allium ‘Summer Beauty’

‘Summer Beauty’ produces rounded clear pink pom-poms bloom during the hottest time of year, attracting many hungry pollinators. Drought tolerant and long-lived, they do well in any well-drained condition. Avoided by deer and rabbits.

Mature Height: 18 inches
Mature Spread: 12-18 inches
Utility: Rock Gardens, Border Front, Cottage Garden, Pollinator Garden, Container Garden, Cutting Garden
Catalog: #1 Containers

#6

Millenium Ornamental Onion

Allium ‘Millenium’

This Allium was selected for its tidy foliage and round, rose-purple flowers that bloom July through August. Flowers are attractive to wildlife and pollinators, and seeds are attractive to songbirds. Consider giving a nod to the native Nodding Pink Onion in future years.

Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Spread: 12-18 inches
Utility: Rock Gardens, Border Front, Cottage Garden, Pollinator Garden, Container Garden, Cutting Garden
Catalog: #1 Containers

#5

Rozanne Geranium

Geranium ‘Gerwat’ PP12,175

Rozeanne Geranium is more drought tolerant than other plant options, and a worthwhile option when planting in tough, partially shaded areas. The prolific blooming period (early summer through fall) is great for a consistent mass of violet-blue flowers.  The aromatic foliage resists deer and rabbit browsing.

Mature Height: 15-18 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Utility: Mass Planting, Borders, Groundcover
Catalog: #1 Containers

#4

Stella De Oro Daylily

Hemerocallis ‘Stella De Oro’

Stella De Oro Daylily is a reblooming, dwarf miniature daylily with beautiful 2 3/4″ canary-yellow flowers and lightly ruffled petals. This tried-and-true standby is great for masses, borders, and restricted sites where maintenance is difficult or undesired. One of the most popular Hemerocallis cultivars available due to its long blooming period and adaptability.

Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Spread: 16-24 inches
Utility: Mass Planting, Borders
Catalog: #1 Containers

#3

Cat’s Pajamas Catmint

Nepeta ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ PP31,127

While other Catmint only produce flowers at the top of the stems, ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ blooms all along the stem – from the base to the tips. It’s also significantly more compact and begins blooming much earlier than other Nepeta, providing a cushion of blue in the garden as early as May. It’s small enough and drought-tolerant enough to be a great addition to the Rock Garden.

Mature Height: 12-14 inches
Mature Spread: 18-20 inches
Utility: Compact, Aromatic, Long Bloom, Pollinator Garden, Rock Garden
Catalog: #1 Containers

#2

Montrose White Calamint

Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta ‘Montrose White’

A favorite of many of our staff members for its extremely long bloom time, its resistance to animal browsing, its gossamer beauty, and unparalleled appeal to beneficial pollinators. A powerhouse perennial. The tiny white flowers attract beneficial insects – honeybees in particular – by the hundreds! You will have a hard time finding another plant that attracts as many pollinators as Montrose White.

Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Utility: Mass Plantings, Bee/Pollinator Gardens, Aromatic, Fall Pollinator
Catalog: #1 Containers

#1

Butterflyweed

Asclepias tuberosa

**NATIVE** Butterflyweed is most well-known for being the host plant for Monarch butterflies. The flowers are of high value to native pollinators and hummingbirds. It is a larval host for Grey Hairstreak and Queen butterflies, they are also greatly important to our native bees and honeybees. Plant in multiples to really draw in pollinators and watch your garden buzz with activity!

Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 9-18 inches
Utility: Butterfly Gardens, Native Gardens, Natural Prairies, Dry Sites, Massing, Specimen, Border, Restoration
Catalog: #1 Containers

Top Selling Grasses

#9

Tara Prairie Dropseed Grass

Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’

‘Tara’ is a nativar of Sporobolus heterolepis, Prairie Dropseed. It’s a superb selection with compact, vase-shaped habit. Displays lovely seed heads above slender stems. Autumn foliage is an upright spray of gold and orange. Significantly more dense and upright in form than the straight species.

Mature Height: 18 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Utility: Border, Mass Planting, Fall Garden
Catalog: #1 Containers

#8

Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’

Hameln Dwarf Foundation Grass produces upright clumps of arching, deep green foliage with showy, buff-colored to pinkish-white flower plumes. It’s one of the best ornamental grasses for smaller landscapes. The foliage displays beautiful shades of russet red and orange in autumn. This grass enjoys moist soil and tolerates wet soil.

Mature Height: 24-36 inches
Mature Spread: 24-36 inches
Utility: Border, Mass Planting, Rain Garden, Fall Garden
Catalog: #1 Containers

#7

Shenandoah Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

Shenandoah Switch Grass is a beautiful upright, clump-forming, warm-season grass. In mid-summer, the dark green foliage takes on dark red tones becoming more pronounced until it becomes a striking deep burgundy in fall. Airy clouds of pinkish flowers rise 1-2 feet above the foliage in late summer.

Mature Height: 4-5 feet
Mature Spread: 2-3 feet
Utility: Fall Garden, Vertical Accent
Catalog: #1 and #3 Containers

#6

Overdam Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’

An arching, upright, cool-season grass that produces beautifully white variegated leaves. In midsummer, delightful feathery reddish-brown flower spikes emerge maturing to golden-brown. An excellent specimen for spaces needing vertical interest.

Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Utility: Vertical Accent, Border
Catalog: #1 and #3 Containers

#5

Northwind Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’

The Northwind Switch Grass is a very hardy warm-season grass that thrives anywhere there is full sun. It’s adaptable and not picky about soil type or texture. Interesting blue-green foliage is extremely stiff and upright turning a wonderful golden-yellow in fall. Attractive narrow plumes are held incredibly erect above the foliage in late summer.

Mature Height: 5-6 feet
Mature Spread: 3-4 feet
Utility: Barrier, Border, Planters or Containers, Vertical Accent, Mass Planting, Borders
Catalog: #1 and #3 Containers

#4

Pennsylvania Sedge

Carex pensylvanica

**NATIVE**  This sedge is a great choice for someone with a shady yard. It’s commonly found growing in the understory of the forest forming a lush, undulating carpet. This is a wonderful substitute for a lawn in shady areas where traditional grass struggles.

Mature Height: 6-12 inches
Mature Spread: 12-15 inches
Utility: Groundcover, Weed Suppression
Catalog: #1 Containers

#3

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

**NATIVE** A clump-forming, warm-season grass that produces leaves that range through a variety of blue and green hues. In fall the foliage changes to a flaming orange or striking red, topped by fluffy silver seed stalks. It has high ecological value and low maintenance needs. The seeds are especially high value for birds that spend the winter in grasslands, such as Greater Prairie Chickens, Bobwhite Quail, pheasants, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Juncos, finches, and chipping/field/tree sparrows.

Mature Height: 24-36 inches
Mature Spread: 12-18 inches
Utility: Rain Garden, Naturalize, Erosion Control
Seed Provenance: Waukesha County, WI

#2

Prairie Dropseed Grass

Sporobolus heterolepis

**NATIVE** A warm-season, clump-forming native prairie grass that forms cascading tufts of emerald-green foliage with airy, popcorn-scented seed heads. Excellent heat and drought tolerance for tough, dry sites. Used by our native bees and other insects for nesting structure. The seeds are also a food source for native birds. The seeds are also a food source for native birds including Dark-eyed Juncos, Slate-colored Juncos, Tree Sparrows, and Field Sparrows.

Mature Height: 24 inches
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Utility: Mass Planting, Borders, Native Garden, Pollinator Garden, Restoration
Seed Provenance: Waukesha County, WI

#1

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

A versatile cool-season, clump-forming grass with lustrous deep green upright foliage. In fall, green leaves turn golden and feature feathery plumes followed by striking, wheat-colored seed heads that remain attractive into winter. A stunning vertical accent in any garden. Karl Foerster tolerates the heavy clay soils of Southeast Wisconsin and performs well in most sites including those with poor conditions. As it does not self-seed, it may be left for winter interest and to provide nesting and cover for birds.

Mature Height: 3-5 feet
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Utility: Vertical Accent, Urban Approved, Fall Garden
Catalog: #1 and #3 Containers

Top Selling Vines

#9

Amethyst Falls Wisteria

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’

Amethyst Falls Wisteria blooms at an early age, with its lightly fragrant purple racemes weeping gracefully downward. Use in containers for porches or patios, train up an arbor or trellis, or as a small free-standing tree.

Mature Height: 15-25 feet
Mature Spread: 10-15 feet
Utility: Trellis/Fence Cover, Borders, Cut Flower Gardens, Groundcover, Privacy Screen
Catalog: Typically #5 Containers

#8

Happy Jack® Purple Clematis

Clematis x ‘Zojapur’ PP20,343

Happy Jack Clematis produces spectacular plum-purple flowers with bright yellow stamens that bloom in early to mid-summer. This low-maintenance clematis has long-lasting blooms, being present from mid-summer and often into fall. The flowers bloom on both old and new wood which makes pruning extremely easy.

Mature Height: 6-8 feet
Mature Spread: 4-5 feet
Utility:  Trellis/Fence Cover, Borders, Container Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Groundcover
Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

#7

Summer Cascade™ Wisteria

Wisteria macrostachya ‘Betty Mathews’

Summer Cascade™ Wisteria produces explosions of fragrant lavender-blue pendulous flowers. The flowers bloom on new wood from mid to late spring. Wisteria requires strong support for climbing. This selection is more cold-hardy than other wisteria cultivars. DO NOT plant near home or foundation as roots can be quite aggressive.

Mature Height: 15-20 feet
Mature Spread: 6-10 feet
Utility: Trellis/Fence Cover, Borders, Cut Flower Gardens, Groundcover, Privacy Screen
Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

#6

Diamond Ball Clematis

Clematis x ‘Diamond Ball’ PP24,045

The ‘Diamond Ball’ Clematis is known for its beautiful pale lavender/white flowers that reach 4-5 inches across. The flowers usually last all summer long, blooming on both old and new wood from June through August. Diamond Ball is a more compact variety of clematis and is great as a specimen, on a border, fence or trellis. Clematis benefits from being planted where the vine gets a healthy amount of sunshine but the roots stay cool.

Mature Height: 5-6 feet
Mature Spread: 2-3 feet
Utility: Trellis/Fence Cover, Borders, Container Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Groundcover
Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

#5

American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens

**NATIVE** Climbing vine with colorful clusters of orange fruit capsules that open to reveal red seeds. Multi-season vine, offering fragrant white flowers in spring, dense foliage in summer, with fall color, and a fruit display in autumn. Dioecious, meaning you need a male and a female plant to get fruiting.

Mature Height: 20 feet
Mature Spread: Vine (Fast Growing)
Utility: Native Landscapes, Trellis/Fence Cover, Groundcover, Privacy Screen, Woodlands
Catalog: Typically #1 Containers

#4

Vancouver™ Fragrant Star Clematis

Clematis x ‘Fragrant Star’

This clematis produces large, pure white star-shaped flowers with deep red stamens that are showstoppers wherever they’re planted. Flowers bloom in late spring and again in early fall, and are mildly vanilla-scented. Clematis are great climbers, quickly vining up arbors or pergolas, over walls, and fences. Blooms on new and old wood which makes pruning extremely easy. Prune spent flowers to promote repeat blooms.

Mature Height: 6-8 feet
Mature Spread: N/A
Utility:  Trellis/Fence Cover, Borders, Container Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Groundcover
Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

#3

Sweet Summer Love Clematis

Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ PP24,044

Sweet Summer Love is an easy-to-grow and maintain clematis with great hardiness for upper Midwest and Wisconsin climates. It produces small but profuse cranberry-violet flowers in July and August, sometimes into October depending on weather conditions. Like most clematis varieties, it has a range of uses from ground covers to specimen to trellis/screens.

Mature Height: 10-12 feet
Mature Spread: 2 -4 feet
Utility:  Trellis/Fence Cover, Borders, Container Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Groundcover
Catalog: Typically #2 Containers

#2

Virgin’s bower

Clematis virginiana

**NATIVE** Virgin’s Bower is a Wisconsin native vine that naturally occurs along rivers in moist, low woodland areas. It’s a wonderful, versatile addition to a native landscape. You can grow it in full sun, but it also does well in mostly shade. The aromatic white flowers feature rather showy plumes that are very similar to Sweet Autumn Clematis. The flowers will only bloom on new wood. You may also know this plant as American Clematis.

Mature Height: 12-20 feet
Mature Spread: N/A
Utility: Native Landscapes, Trellis/Fence Cover, Groundcover
Catalog: Typically #1 Containers

#1

Hydrangea Vine

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

Grows to gigantic proportions and requires strong support. This beast attaches itself with holdfast rootlets called advantageous roots. One of the best flowering vines for shady areas. It produces clusters of aromatic, flat-top white flowers in summer. Exfoliating bark that splits and peels. Fruit capsules remain throughout winter to provide seasonal interest.

Mature Height: 40 feet
Mature Spread: Vine (Slow Grower)
Utility: Masonry Cover (Chimneys, Hardscape, Brick Walls), Metal Fencing Cover, Privacy Screen, Groundcover
Catalog: Typically #5 and #10 Containers